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A truly memorable night of live televised British boxing

Yesterday I went to bed at 6.30pm, awoke again at 8.15pm, and decided to come downstairs and watch some television. Let me explain that: I’d been up since 1.00am and had not found the opportunity to have my usual late morning or early afternoon nap – how I managed to stay awake until after [...]

April 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Up and down, or is it the other way around?

One of the semi-taboo and largely unspoken aspects of moving inexorably towards the last third of human life – or perhaps that statement is untrue in these modern ‘let it all hang out’ days of social media confessions ‘going viral’ (if that’s the right term) – is that the oft-joked [...]

April 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Chateau and the ballet

The flat I rent is adjacent to the Chateau of Nice. In the book that Henry reviewed and I read – The Riviera at War – it refers to this being a place for German ordnance to fire on the Allies in the event of sea attack. You can see why as it’s atop of a hill on a promontory between [...]

April 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Give me strength!

One thing that hacks me off is when ‘the Establishment’ in the Western First World openly displays its contempt for the ordinary man in the street. I’m not a fantasist or idealist – it’s been happening since history, let alone the concept of democracy, began – but my gripe is with the [...]

April 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

On fading into the distance

Whenever I accept an invitation to be a guest speaker at rotary lunches, CBI dinners or charity functions – a healthy way of making a little extra loot to eke out a meagre pension that I’d recommend to any Rust reader – and I’m ever asked to describe the raison d’être behind this organ [...]

April 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Whatever floats your boat?

Religion … political correctness … freedom of expression … faith … enlightened thinking … each to their own … progressive ‘modern’ attitudes … simply straightforward basic human rights … ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it’ [...]

April 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

A new kid on the block next season

In the context of rugby union’s rapidly-approaching end of the Premiership year – even though the final-knockings of the disaster that has been London Irish’s unfortunate season back in the top flight have yet to take place – let us today congratulate Bristol Rugby on its winning of the [...]

April 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Running on empty

I’ve been spending the weekend with my ancient father down in the one of the many backwaters dotted along the South Coast of Britain. In many respects it is a bizarre situation to be in because, of course, families matter so much and coping with the vicissitudes of old age are complicated and yet [...]

April 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Be careful what you wish for

I have posted previously upon the parlous state of rugby union’s finances, e.g. the negligible ‘profitability’ of English Premiership clubs and the fact that too little of the RFU’s healthy revenues is shared out to grassroots clubs and far-flung former bastions of the [...]

April 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bias, of course, depends upon where you’re coming from

Over the past few weeks, probably closer to months now, my posts to this organ have been rather thin on the ground – partly because admittedly I’ve had other things occupying my time and interest, but mainly because of a growing impression in my mind that could be filed under either ‘no [...]

April 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

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